Today I want to be a little bit more serious on my blog and talk about something that I deal with every single day and many others deal with it, but they deal with it quietly. I am hear to let y’all know y’all aren’t alone.
I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago. I have always had cyst problems, the pain, no period, etc. I felt like something was wrong with me because my pain was getting worse and my mood….well I had mood swings, I felt like I couldn’t handle. I was also putting on weight that I couldn’t lose no matter how hard I tried. Before the doctor told me about PCOS, I had no idea what it was. I have never heard of it before and honestly it crushed me. I felt like my womanhood was ripped away. Even though my husband and I are happy not having anymore kids, it crushed me knowing if I wanted to get pregnant. It would be harder to get pregnant and most women with PCOS miscarry and I know me I am not strong enough to deal with something like that. Not only that I had to change my diet because of being insulin resistant. That scared me like no other. I don’t want to become diabetic. Heck, honestly I would never be able to poke my own finger or give myself a shot. I have a fear of needles (I go into a panic attack at times, knowing I am going to have to get poked with a needle). I was glad that there was ways to make my pain stop though. Go back on birth control and I started on Metformin. I was doing great with my diet and taking my meds and then when I was up for my blood work again, my fasting insulin number went up. I lost weight and everything and still it wasn’t good enough. Today, I don’t take Metformin anymore. After I had my stomach surgery in August, I just stopped taking it, which I probably need to start again and I need to go back to the GYN.
~What is PCOS~
PCOS is polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a hormone imbalance that affects 1 in 10 women, yes very shocking. There are women out there they don’t know they have it and some that do know, keep quiet about it.
- Causes hair growth in places were women shouldn’t being having excess hair growth at.
- Leading cause for infertility in women.
- 1 in 10 women are living with PCOS.
- PCOS is Genetic and even man can carry the gene for it.
- It can be treated, but not cured.
- PCOS causes hair loss.
- Mood swings out of the blue, for not reason at all.
- Causes tiredness
- Irregular periods, sometimes months and months without one and then bam it hits and you are doubled over in pain.
- Very painful
- Causes other health problems: High Cholesterol, Insulin Resistance, Obesity, infertility, insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc
I could go on and on about PCOS and how it affects women. Remember this next time: when you ask a woman about when she is going to have a baby, she could be battling with PCOS, before you call someone fat or think they are lazy, she could be battling with PCOS, before you get upset with someone that is moody, remember she could be battling with PCOS. Before you make fun of the woman with a mustache, remember she could be battling with PCOS. PCOS is an illness that cannot be cured. It needs more awareness brought to it.
To the women out there that is battling with PCOS….PLEASE remember…YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Thanks for reading,